Rights of access for members of the public
Should you have concerns about accessing recreational areas, utilising by-ways and rights of way, the local authority will be able to advise you in respect of any closures and alternative routes. This will be via General Enquiries to the officers responsible for rights of way and public access under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.
Rights of responsible access to most land in Scotland, including paths, continue to apply during COVID-19. It is important to emphasise that, as always, these rights depend on responsible behaviour, both by the public and land managers. This is particularly important at this time when many people are using new and unfamiliar local areas for daily outdoor exercise. This is also an important time of year for farmers and other land managers, in particular, because lambing is taking place and many fields will contain young livestock and newly planted crops. It is therefore essential to comply with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code.
- access to the outdoors during the current coronavirus outbreak: guidance for the public and land managers.
- Outdoor access contacts.
- the ministerial statement on access rights during COVID-19.